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Army Patrol in Mae Sai Seize Drug Haul, 2 Smugglers Escape Back Over Border

Thai marines patrol the Mekong river near Sop Ruak in the Golden Triangle region where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar

Thai marines patrol the Mekong river near Sop Ruak in the Golden Triangle region where the borders of Thailand, Laos and Myanmar

CHIANG RAI –  A patrol from a Army Joint Task Force intercepted two drug smugglers wading across the Mae Sai river and seized 200,000 methamphetamine pills(Yaba) and 13kg of crystal methamphetamine on the Thailand-Myanmar border in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district last night.

According to a report to Maj Gen Bancherd Changpoonthong, the Pha Muang Force commander, a patrol from the 2nd Cavalry Task Force about 8pm spotted two men wading across the Mae Sai River from Myanmar to a boat landing at Ban Wiang Hom on the Thai side of the border. One of them was carrying a large black bag on his shoulder.

When the soldiers called on the two men to stop for a search they fled back across the river, leaving behind the black bag.

Found in the big bag were 20 packages containing 200,000 methamphetamine pills and a smaller bag with 13kg of crystal methamphetamine, also known as “ice”.

The drugs were believed to have been produced by a Red Wa or Muser ethnic group in an area opposite Chiang Rai’s Mae Fa Luang district

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